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Sports and Hunting
Deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of Ohio's deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8. Hunters are encouraged to take to the field to enjoy the six days remaining in the deer-gun season. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio's healthy deer population.
Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season. Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at www.wildohio.com.
So far this season, hunters have harvested 109,932 deer compared to 113,107 at the same point in the season last year, which represents a 3% difference.
COLUMBUS, OH – Deer-gun season, one of Ohio's most revered hunting traditions, begins Monday, Dec. 2, with 30 more minutes of prime hunting time each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s deer-gun season is open through Sunday, Dec. 8.
Hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer-gun seasons. Hunters were already allowed to hunt deer 30 minutes before sunrise, and this year an additional 30 minutes has been added after sunset for gun seasons.
"We are eager to increase opportunities for Ohio's sportsmen and women," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "Ohio is a top 10 whitetail hunting destination, and the extra half-hour after sunset will give hunters more opportunities to bag a deer."
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 80,000-90,000 deer will be harvested during the weeklong hunt. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters. Hunters checked 86,964 deer in the 2012 weeklong deer-gun season.
COLUMBUS, OH - Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio's two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Young hunters were challenged by below-average temperatures and windy conditions during the two-day season.
"Congratulations to all the young hunters who participated and enjoyed Ohio's youth deer hunting weekend," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "I want to thank the parents and adults who took the time to make the weekend a memorable one for the next generation of hunters."
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 youth gun season: Coshocton (248), Tuscarawas (220), Muskingum (212), Holmes (196), Knox (189), Licking (189), Guernsey (183), Belmont (165), Harrison (165) and Carroll (161).
Youth hunters have 30 more minutes after sunset to hunt
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio's young hunters have the opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer during the state's 11th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season on Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters holding a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during these two days.
Youth hunters checked 9,178 deer in 2012 and at least 8,300 deer in the two-day season every year since 2005.
New this year, hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer seasons, including the youth deer season. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license as well as a deer permit, and they must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters.
Editor's Note: Given the discomfort I have been made aware of regarding HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting), even among at least one certain supposedly pro-hunting/ pro gun Ohio interest group, it seems many American gun owners and hunters need to be made aware of the wool that has been pulled over their eyes.
by Jim Dickson
One of the best examples of the effectiveness of brainwashing in this country is the transformation of an innocuous safety and noise reduction device to a sinister assassin's tool in the public's mind. While other countries may virtually ban guns, they tend to regard silencers as being in the category of automobile mufflers, a device to protect the hearing and prevent the disturbing the peace.
The organization Humane Watch is taking its ever-expanding case against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to the Metro station serving Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill with provocative posters and banners that point out that the organization that advertises as if its funds go to support animal shelters across the country, in fact, only spends 1 percent of its intake on these activities.
Humane Watch has also posted a video of person-on-the-street interviews to show reactions to this deceptive practice.
NSSF long ago called out HSUS for the hidden and duplicitous anti-hunting agenda of its leadership, and we have squared off against it on many occasions. For more information on Humane Watch, visit the organization's website.
The popularity of the AR-15 as a general-purpose rifle that is useful for defense and sports alike was demonstrated during three NRA National Defense Matches (NDM) held at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia, last weekend. Though similar rifles are permitted under match rules, almost every shooter came equipped with an AR-15. For more than 15 years, the AR-15 has been the most commonly-used rifle during the joint NRA-Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches, held annually at Camp Perry, Ohio.
During the basic-level NDM, shots were fired and reloads were performed from the positions most commonly used in defensive situations--standing, kneeling and reverse kneeling, and prone--and additional shots were fired in the sitting and opposite-shoulder prone positions, from distances between 100 and seven yards. In the advanced-level and open-terrain championship-level NDMs, shooters moved between firing points against the clock, with targets from six feet to 600 yards.
Ohio House committees hear TEN gun rights-related bills this week; Buckeye Firearms Assoc. offers testimonySubmitted by cbaus on October 30, 2013 - 8:00am.
by Chad D. Baus
A total of ten gun rights-related bills are being heard in committee this week - four of which are gun control bills.
On Tuesday, Buckeye Firearms Association leaders offered testimony on two bills - HB 203 (Concealed Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform) and HB 234 (Allow Noise Suppressors While Hunting).
A substitute bill was offered for HB 203 - click here to download.
The following written testimony was submitted by Buckeye Firearms Association in support of HB 203:
Testimony of Ken Hanson Esq.
Legislative Chair, Buckeye Firearms Association
Ohio General Assembly 130 House Bill 203
I am here today to testify in favor of House Bill 203. Specifically, I am here to testify in favor of the portion of H.B. 203 that is referred to in the media as "Stand Your Ground." Anytime the media or an advocacy group uses the term "Stand Your Ground," they are referring to two (2) sentences in Revised Code Section 2901.09.
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 27 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohioans have enjoyed more than 100 years of pheasants in Ohio," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Ohio hunters and continuing the strong tradition of game hunting for many generations to come."
Pheasants will be released Friday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 25, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Hunters age 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27.
Ohio's small game hunting season begins on Friday, Nov. 1, with pheasant releases to take place Thursday, Oct. 31, and on the evening of Friday, Nov. 8. The final release of the year is scheduled to provide improved pheasant hunting opportunities throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and will take place the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio muzzleloader hunters enjoyed warm weather as they harvested 5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
"Ohio's first antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season was a success, and we are pleased so many hunters participated," said ODNR Director James Zehringer. "We remain committed to providing Ohio's sportsmen and women with some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation."
The new antlerless muzzleloader weekend was the first opportunity to take advantage of Ohio's new extended hunting hours. A half hour of golden opportunity hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year's upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons.
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (200), Licking (164), Guernsey (144), Muskingum (143), Knox (141), Coshocton (138), Adams (135), Columbiana (128), Carroll (120), Athens (117) and Trumbull (117).